SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M3B726117
Module Leader Val Howatson
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Nursing
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)
  • C (May start)

Summary of Content

The module focus is on the acquisition of the knowledge and skills required to support effective transition from student nurse to future registered nurse (Mental Health) from two main perspectives. The first is by exposing the learner to how the newly qualified registered nurse has to manage oneself and others, whilst developing key graduate leadership skills and attributes including confidence, integrity, responsibility and creativity. The second is to contextualise the role and responsibilities of the newly qualified registered nurse (Mental Health) within the organisational management structure and as a member of the inter-professional team within multi-agency working. Through simulation, learners will have the opportunity to apply theory to manage challenges such as those presented by organisational culture, critical incidents and issues relating to staff performance. The module will focus on the consolidation of skills in relation to the delivery of more complex nursing skills and interventions and their application to contemporary nursing practice.


-360b7 Leadership: styles, attributes, self-awareness, emotional intelligence and resilience. b7 Management principles applied to practice e.g. clinical decision making, delegation, prioritising, policy. development, safety, skill mix, teaching and learning. b7 Contemporary issues in mental health nursing practice b7 Advanced communication strategies and interpersonal skills e.g. negotiation, record keeping, care planning, digital health and literacy. b7 Challenging situations e.g. conflict resolution, escalating concerns, working with high risk groups (trauma, self-harm, suicide, offenders, drugs and alcohol) b7 Clinical supervision and reflective practice b7 Professional, political, legal and ethical issues NMC Proficiencies 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.8, 1.9, 1.10, 1.16, 1.17, 1.18, 1.19 3.7, 3.15, 3.16 4.2, 4.3, 4.11, 4.16 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5, 5.6, 5.7, 5.8, 5.9, 5.10, 5.11, 5.12 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, 6.5, 6.6, 6.7,6.8, 6.9, 6.10, 6.11, 6.12 7.3, 7.4, 7.11, 7.12, 7.13

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module the student should be able to:-1. Critically explore the roles and responsibilities of the graduate nurse in mental health.2. Examine the principles of nurse management and the role of effective leadership in mental health nursing in the planning and delivery of high quality care.3. Explore the importance of managing oneself, one's practice and that of others to ensure professional development and safe practice.4. Discuss the rationale and mechanisms of developing, monitoring and evaluating the quality of care provision within mental health nursing. 5. Critically explore the contemporary professional, political, ethical and legal issues associated with managing and coordinating care provision6. Discuss the effective use of resources within care settings to ensure safe, effective, person-centred care.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Learning and teaching strategies will enhance student engagement, accessibility, flexibility and personalisation of the curriculum through the use of technology/digital learning where appropriate. A blended learning approach using lectures, online activities, seminars/tutorials and simulation will be used as appropriate to provide a student centred experience in which students are encouraged to adopt an enquiry based approach. Students will also be encouraged to adopt a strengths based approach, supporting the development of the graduate attributes. Lecturers, service partners, users and carers and students will contribute to the authenticity of the teaching and learning experience using case-based scenarios.

Indicative Reading

BRATHWAITE, B., 2019. Diversity & Cultural Awareness in Nursing Practice. 2 nd ed. London: Sage. ELLIS, P., 2018. Leadership and Management & Team Working in Nursing. 3 rd ed. London: Sage. ESTERHUIZEN, P. & HOWATSON-JONES, L., 2019. Reflective Practice in Nursing. 4 th ed. London: Sage. FEENEY, A. & EVERETT, S., 2019. Understanding Supervision and Assessment in Nursing. London: Sage (In Press) GOOPEE, N. & GALLOWAY, J., 2017. Leadership and Management in Healthcare. 3 rd ed. London: Sage. NHS Education for Scotland (NES), 2019. The Scottish Psychological Trauma Training Plan. [online]. Edinburgh: NES. [viewed 25 August 2019]. Available from: <> NORMAN, I. & RYRIE, I., 2018. The Art and Science of Mental Health Nursing: A textbook of Principles and Practice. 4 th ed. Maidenhead: OUP. STANDING, M., 2017. Clinical Judgment and Decision Making in Nursing. London: Sage THURSTON, C. & WRYCRAFT, N., 2019. Transition to Registered Practice. London; Sage (In Press) Websites Healthcare Improvement Scotland available from: <> Knowledge Network available from: NHS Education Scotland available from: <> NHS Health Scotland available from: http:// <> NHS Quality Improvement Scotland available from: <> Nursing and Midwifery Council available at: <> Royal College of Nursing available from: <> Scottish Government available from: <> WHO Patient Safety Curriculum available from: <>

Transferrable Skills

Development, or enhancement, of -360b7 Independent learning skills b7 Literature searching and integration b7 Digital and health literacy skills b7 Critical thinking and decision making skills b7 Communication and team working skills b7 Reflection b7 Professional and ethical values aligned with professional practice

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Practicals (FT) 3.00
Lectures (FT) 12.00
Seminars (FT) 12.00
Independent Learning (FT) 135.00
Assessment (FT) 20.00
Tutorials (FT) 18.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 n/a 50.00 40% 1500 word essay
Course Work 02 n/a 50.00 40% Viva